Court Security Officer

Thurston County
20 per week $23 Per hour WA 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW Bldg 3, Olympia, WA 98502, United States


**This recruitment will be used to establish a County applicant pool to fill vacant on-call positions as they occur. Thurston County reserves the right to close the recruitment as any time. Due to the unique hiring process for applicant pools, it is not unusual to experience lengthy delays in communication or notification of your application status.**
Thurston County Superior Court is recruiting for On-Call/Extra Help Court Security Officers.

Court Security Officers are utilized to provide "on-call" help to fill in for regular staff absences and provide security screening based on court security needs and requirements. Under the general direction of Superior Court, Court Security Officers provide the day-to-day protection and security of the Thurston County Courts and respective facilities by maintaining order and ensuring the personal safety and security of judges, staff, and the general public. Court Security Officers operate and maintain the security screening stations in court facilities, monitor and respond to courtroom and court facilities emergency alarms, respond to calls for security services and assistance, and perform a variety of technical duties for court security processes.  

Other duties include but are not limited to:
  • Secures weapons prior to persons entering the courthouse and ensures weapons are safely secured in lockers.
  • Confiscates and seizing unauthorized weapons and processing them for criminal charges and/or destruction.
  • Maintains accurate daily records of number of visitors entering the courthouse.
  • Operates walk-through magnetometer, handheld wand metal weapon detector or other related types of screening devices to check visitors entering the courthouse for weapons and other prohibited articles. Conducts hand searches of personally carried items to inspect for potentially dangerous objects.
  • Continuously monitors, via closed circuit cameras, courtrooms and facilities for adverse situations. Intervenes to prevent escalation of problems. May be required to use restraint or force, up to and including deadly force as deemed reasonable and necessary. Makes arrests if required and prepares incident and arrest reports.
  • May be required to control and limit public access to the court facilities to reduce security risk and ensure public safety.
  • Responds to alarms, bomb threats, and safety concerns and assists with building evacuation. Provide escort duties for individuals in a threatened or endangered situation. Implements first aid procedures as necessary.
  • When required, calls for assistance from local law enforcement and/or emergency response units. Utilizes pagers, telephones, and portable radios to maintain communications with other security personnel and/or other agencies responding to calls for assistance. Provides aid to responding agencies as requested.
  • Provides general information, direction, and assistance to the public.
  • May be asked to monitor courtroom proceedings.
Working Conditions:

Work is performed in a courthouse setting and involves sitting and standing near the building entrance for the majority of the workday. Danger of physical harm may be present in dealing with hostile or aggressive individuals or while escorting people in the courthouse complex and parking area. Lifting of equipment, files, or exhibits weighing up to 50 lbs. is required. May be required to stand for periods of up to several hours



On-Call positions should be available to report for assignment on short notice. Extra help positions typically work fewer than 20 hours per week, but may be required to work over 40 hours in a workweek. Extra help positions are not guaranteed a minimum number of hours or a regular schedule and are limited to working fewer than 1039 hours in a twelve-month period.


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Two year's law enforcement or corrections experience. Graduate from a Washington State Basic or Reserve Law Enforcement Academy, Correctional Academy, or equivalent training from a certified law enforcement program.
  • Qualified law enforcement or correctional experience that includes a firearms program with a use of force component can be considered if it meets Washington State Criminal Justice Commission Training requirements.    
  • Must be able to obtain a Special Commission from the Thurston County Sheriff's Office at time of hire.
  • Officers are required to provide their own weapon, which meets Thurston County Sheriff's Office standards.
  • Must be able to qualify in the use of a short firearm, with requirement to successfully re-qualify with the Thurston County Sheriff's Office annually.
  • Must be able to pass a background investigation which may include, but is not limited to employment history, criminal history, psychological, and /or polygraph examinations.
  • Must have a valid Washington State Driver's License.
  • Upon hire must maintain a valid First Aid Card, including CPR with a certification in the use of the Life Pak Emergency Defibrillator.